Monday, December 30, 2013

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Active IDT Energy Customers Can Refer a Friend & Earn $


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Monday, November 25, 2013

10 Thanksgiving Energy Efficient Tips


After spending money on the Turkey and all of side dishes, who isn't looking to save a few dollars before the holiday season? Here are 10 energy saving tips for cooking your Thanksgiving meal:
  1. Use an ice chest or cooler for drinks if you're hosting a large group to cut down on wasting electricity when the refrigerator door is open.
  2. Use LED lighting if you're decorating with holiday lights already. It's more energy efficient
  3. Turn down your house thermostat! You’ll likely be pumping plenty of extra heat out of the kitchen to make up for the difference.
  4. The sides: choose sides that you can cook with the turkey in the oven simultaneously so you don’t have to add extra time to the oven’s use.
  5. Don’t worry about pre-heating the oven, it’s not necessary for a long, slow cook like a turkey.
  6. Use ceramic or glass pans, you can turn down your oven by up to 25 degrees and your food will still cook just as quickly.
  7. Check to see if your oven has a convection feature; it will cook more quickly and it is more energy efficient.
  8. Cook on a gas grill instead of the oven. They are clean burning and energy efficient. 
  9. Let your leftovers cool before you store them, so your refrigerator doesn't have to work as hard to cool the items. 
  10. Cook more efficiently by using lids. When cooking with pots and pans, make sure to use lids whenever possible to retain heat. Doing so will allow you to save energy by cooking on lower heat settings over shorter cooking times.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

NY's IDT Energy Enters Natural Gas Vehicle Industry

Originally posted on Gowanus Lounge

IDT Energy, one of the largest energy providers in the New York region, recently launched Evergreen Fleet Services as part of its plans to enter the Natural Gas Vehicle industry. The new program will work alongside Clean Vehicle Solutions, LLC to provide a toolkit for fleet owners, operators and managers to reduce operating costs and emissions for fleet owners.
IDT CEO Geoffrey Rochwarger said:
“I am excited to announce IDT Energy’s entry into the Natural Gas Vehicle industry. Evergreen Fleet Services, through our partnership with CVS, will leverage IDT Energy’s natural gas commodity expertise and in-market experience in the retail sector to help provide world class CNG-based solutions for fleet owners in the Northeast. We initially intend to take full advantage of IDT Energy’s regional base of operations, network for supply of the commodity and other relationships and infrastructure, and then gradually expand our geographic footprint and scope of offerings.”
IDT’s Evergreen Fleet Services joins CVS, a full service, end-to-end CNG solutions provider with a range of services, including consulting, finance, production, maintenance and training.
CEO of CVS Dean Sloane said:
“The Evergreen Fleet Services partnership brings significant value to our business. IDT Energy’s natural gas commodity procurement and related industry expertise will help to further grow our business, bringing new customers and adding value to our offerings.”
Rochwarger added “Natural gas provides powerful benefits compared to traditional liquid transportation fuels. Switching to natural gas can reduce fleet fuel costs by approximately 28% compared to diesel and 35% compared to unleaded gasoline at today’s prices, while significantly reducing greenhouse emissions. Evergreen Fleet Services will help fleet owners, operators and managers to capitalize on the extraordinary advantages of CNG.”

Friday, October 11, 2013

DIY Energy Audit: Light Switched & Outlets

You remember to turn off lights every time you leave a room. Good job! But are you letting warm air escape through the outlets and light switches?

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A professional energy audit is helpful, but expensive.  Our multi-part series on how to perform your own energy audit will save you money on the audit and on your monthly energy bills.

Your thin metal or plastic plate doesn't stop much in terms of air loss. Without insulation, these outlets are merely big holes in the wall.

How to identify a leaky light: Remove the plate from the wall. Cover the opening with a single ply of tissue and affix it to the wall with painters tape - just at the top. If the tissue billows - you have a leak.

How to correct a leak: A precut foam gaskets is only about 10 cents from a home stores. Just place the gasket over the opening and cover with the plate.

The leakage caused by light switches and outlets accounts for about 2% of your heating and cooling bill.  With that savings but the IDT Energy savings you could save up to 12% on your annual energy expenses.

Check out the other posts in our DIY Energy Audit seris: Drafty Window, Fireplace Energy SuckerCold Water Heater  and Leaky Ductwork  for more helpful tips. Plus go to the IDT Energy Facebook page for energy saving tips and tricks.

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

DIY Energy Audit: Leaky Ductwork

Do you have money blowing out of your ductwork? If your ductwork isn't properly sealed heat could not be getting to the intended location in your house leaving you cold and turning up the heat.
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A professional energy audit is helpful, but expensive.  Our multi-part series on how to perform your own energy audit will save you money on the audit and on your monthly energy bills.

Heat generated from your furnace or bolier must travel through the ductwork through your house and to various rooms in your house. If air is escaping in the ductwork in your basement it will never reach the intended destination of say, your bedroom. Overtime the adhesive tape that seals the joints of the ductwork becomes less effective as it dries out or is pulled away. 

How to identify leaky ductwork: While the furnace or AC is on shine a flashlight on the ducts - especially where they connect to the registers. Where you see dust on the ducts that has been blown away, that's a sign of a leak. 

How to correct a leak: Use HVAC tape to seal or re-seal joints between sections. Patch any small holes or misalignment's with a water based mastic sealant and mesh tape.

By reducing the air leakage by 15% you can save 3 to 10% of your heating bill. That, plus the savings with IDT Energy you can really save some money on your annual energy expenses. 

Check out the other posts in our DIY Energy Audit seris: Drafty Window, Fireplace Energy Sucker,  and Cold Water Heater  for more helpful tips. Plus go to the IDT Energy Facebook page for energy saving tips and tricks.

Saturday, October 05, 2013

DIY Energy Audit: Cold Water Heater

Does your water heater belong in an antique shop or museum? It's old but still functions - why replace it! But how much energy are you loosing but holding on? 

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A professional energy audit is helpful, but expensive.  Our multi-part series on how to perform your own energy audit will save you money on the audit and on your monthly energy bills.

An old water heater may still be pumping out warm water and if it ain't broke, don't fix it.  But is it costing you more money every month than it needs to be? Water heaters more than 10 years old are usually lined with fiberglass insulation and tend to be less effective vs the  foam used today. If the water heater is cold, it's working harder to keep your water warm. 

How to identify an old water heater: Check the manufacturer's date. There should be a sticker or metal plate on the unit that will tell you exactly how old it is. Next, touch it. If you can feel the warmth from inside the tank, there is not enough insulation. 

How to correct: Put a coat on it! Wrap the tank in a precut blanket with an insulating value of at least an R-8. Take it a step further and fit foam sleeves or insulating tape around the pipes. Hot water looses some warmth as it travels through the lines and cold water pipes cause condensation which leads to mold and mildew in your basement. 

Adding a blanket to your water heater can save up to 9% on water heating costs alone. That plus saving up to 10% on your annual energy costs with IDT Energy really adds up!

Check out the other posts in our DIY Energy Audit seris: Drafty Window and Fireplace Energy Sucker for more helpful tips. Plus go to the IDT Energy Facebook page for energy saving tips and tricks.

Friday, October 04, 2013

DIY Energy Audit: Fireplace Energy Sucker

You love cozy-ing up by the fire on a cold winter night. But do you love the cold chill you get every time you get near the fireplace?
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A professional energy audit is helpful, but expensive.  Our multi-part series on how to perform your own energy audit will save you money on the audit and on your monthly energy bills.

A damaged fireplace damper can suck up 10 to 20% of warmed air if the damper is not functioning properly.  The damper is what stops warm air from escaping up the chimney flue. A rusted, stuck or improperly sized damper could be costing you money.

How to identify a damaged damper: With a closed damper hold a candle flame in the fireplace. If the flame of the candle begins flickering or goes out, air is going up the chimney.

How to correct: A chimney sweep. Hiring a chimney sweep is the only way to correct it and have a functioning fireplace. In addition to identifying a way to correct the damper issue, they will clean and lubricate the chimney.  In the off season, you can plug the problem and seal the flue with a balloon-like plug. Simply deflate it when you are ready to use again. 

Correcting a damaged damper can save you up to $500 in  your annual energy expenses. That, plus enrolling with IDT Energy can really cut down on your annual energy expenses.

For more energy saving tips check out the other post in this seris of DIY Energy Audits, Drafty Windows and the IDT Energy Facebook page. 

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

DIY Energy Audit: Drafty Windows

A cool breeze coming through the windows in the summer is refreshing. But a cool breeze coming through your window in the winter? No thank you!
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A professional energy audit is helpful, but expensive.  Our multi-part series on how to perform your own energy audit will save you money on the audit and on your monthly energy bills.

If you have leaky windows, not only will the cool air come in, but the warm air will escape.  This can account for 10 to 25% of your heating bill.

How to identify the source of a draft: On a windy, blustery day close all of the windows, doors and chimney flues (if you have a fire place).  With a lite stick of incense, move it around the windows and doors. Look for air the disrupts the smoke coming from the incense stick. If it flutters or changes direction - you know, you have a leak.

How to correct a leak:

  1. Check the window from the outside of the house. Pay special attention to the casing where the window meets the house's siding. 
  2. Scrape off any dried or cracking calking and apply fresh calk.
  3. On the inside of the house, add new weather stripping. 
Each window that you weather proof can shave $20 off your annual energy expenses. 10 windows - $200! That combined with the savings from IDT Energy can really add up!

Stay tuned for our next DIY Energy Audit and watch for more tips on Facebook

Monday, September 23, 2013

10 Energy Saving Tips for the Fall

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The nights are cool, and the days are warm - Fall is here!  While the leaves change and the trees prepare for cooler temperatures, it's time to prepare your house to keep the heat in and cool air out.

Here are 10 tips to make your house more energy efficient for the winter:

  1. Schedule a tune up for your heating system. Not only will this help your furnace run more efficiently, but it may help prevent a break down in the cold winter months. 
  2. Replace your furnace filter. Continue to replace it once a month while in use. 
  3. Find and seal any air leaks caused by pipes or lines entering your house. 
  4. Add caulk or weather stripping to leaky doors and windows. 
  5. Check your fireplace damper to ensure it is closed when not in use. 
  6. If you never use your fireplace seal the fireplace flue damper and make it as snug as possible. 
  7. Add caulking to the fireplace hearth.
  8. Take advantage of the heat from the sun - open the drapes during the day to allow the sun to come in and close them at night to keep the warmth in. 
  9. Use a heavy-duty, clear plastic sheet on a frame or tape clear plastic film to the inside of your window frames during the cold winter months. 
  10. Your water heater can account for 14%-25% of your heating costs. Turn down the setting on your hot water heater to warm - or 120 degrees. 
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Friday, September 06, 2013

Turning the A/C off - Helping the Environment

Did you know that U.S. uses roughly 185 billion kilowatt-hours of energy each year on home cooling?

186 Billion

That's the most of any nation in the world. Conventional air-conditioners us electronically powered pumps and compressors to push the heat outside. The heat is absorbed with chlorofluorocarbons (a refrigerant) from the room.

This refrigerant, commonly refereed to as Freon, contributes to the ozone depletion - climate change. 

While there are many regulations and policies in place to develop new technology and phase out Freon there has not been a good solution to curb the negative impact the use of air conditioning has on the environment. Read more about it here.  

To have a positive impact on the environment while continue to enjoy the comfort of your A/C, considering switching your electric supply to green

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Lightbulbs With a rePurpose

We are total energy geeks at IDT Energy. We like all things that have to do with energy, electricity and natural gas. Even light bulbs. Lately we have found some really neat bulbs to light up your room and some unique ways to reuse the old ones.  Here are some of our favorites on Pinterest:

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Vacation Energy Saving Tips

Hitting the road this Labor Day? Here are some ways to save on your energy bill while you are away.

  1. Unplug all electronics not in use like your TV and coffee maker. Avoid paying for phantom electricity.
  2. Turn your hot water heater to 'vacation mode.' 
  3. Turn off your Air Conditioning or set it at 85 degrees.
  4. Power down all computers.
  5. Refrigerators use less electricity when they are full - fill them with water jugs. 
  6. Adjust the thermometer to a slightly warmer setting. 
  7. Close all of your blinds to keep the cool air in and the warm air out.
  8. Install timers for your security lights and turn off everything else. 
  9. Don't for get to read the meter when you leave and when you get home! See the energy you saved and detect if you have any hidden energy wasters.
Have fun on vacation!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Is it time for your company to stop cutting costs?

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For many US businesses, one story has played out repeatedly over the past several years: lower revenue and higher earnings. Investors may cheer the short-term results, but it's unsustainable over the long run. Eventually, the cost-cutting must end, and value must be created.

For any business owner, the opportunity to cut costs is a constant obsession, and the slow economic recovery we've been dealing with just makes cost-cutting an increasingly urgent concern. While cutting any unnecessary cost is good for a business, long term, sustainable value creation depends on constantly renewing and demonstrating a business's value to existing and potential customers.

Managers must evolve their business plans to meet customers’ changing needs. Every business, if it wants to grow, needs to identify how customers’ behaviors change and how this creates new markets—large and niche—that are as yet untapped. This goes for companies large and small.

Are you missing new opportunities?

It is crucial for businesses to understand how they can leverage their customer’s additional needs to produce new revenue streams. This can be done in many ways. It may mean offering more services, tailoring existing services to further serve customers' needs, or adjusting pricing tiers in a way that makes the product or service better for customers while augmenting the business’ earnings potential.

At the Argyle Executive Forum in 2009, I discussed the need for companies to leverage existing capital to create new business opportunities. These priorities are even more pressing today. Instead of cutting costs to boost earnings, businesses should evaluate untapped markets by bringing a fresh perspective to their existing business models.

Bringing the product to market

You and your business need to completely understand its entire supply chain, from production to delivery to service, before embarking on an initiative. This is why it is so important to leverage and build on existing business practices. Market experience can guide you, and make it possible to address the market with your new product or service quickly without sacrificing quality or introducing unnecessary friction into the process.

Some friction will arise—it always does. Fortunately, a disciplined focus based upon institutional experience can minimize risk and keep you ahead of potential problems. When you leverage your existing business model, you can apply the lessons you've learned in the past to your new venture. If it's entirely uncharted territory, try to learn from the mistakes and successes of the most relevant businesses. That is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to avoid foreseeable mistakes and turn those lessons learned into success.

Identifying core competencies to drive product or service conceptualization is the first step. The next step is identifying potential challenges in the design, production, and distribution stages in advance of constructing the business model and go to market plan.

The new economic environment has made margins thinner, competition stronger, and profitability more difficult—but by leveraging your existing intellectual capital, you can identify new opportunities, create value, and bring new products to new niche markets faster and more successfully.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Energy Saving Tips - Beat the Humidity

In many areas of the Northeast the humidity has been bad this summer.   Often people use their air conditioning more to remove the dense moisture from the air and cool the temperature in the house.  Here are some energy saving tips to cut down on your summer electric bill.

  • Make sure your clothes dryer vents to the outdoors.
  • Avoid line drying your clothes indoors to prevent more moisture being absorbed into the air. 
  • Cover pots when cooking.
  • If you have a crawl space under your house, make sure the ground is covered with a moisture barrier.
  • Use an exhaust fan in your kitchen and bathroom.
  • If you do not have an exhaust far,  use a window fan on the exhaust setting.
  • Improve the drainage around your house - have your gutters move the water away from the foundation of your home.
  • Repair any leaking faucets (and save on your water bill too!)
Stay cool and keep your bills slow with these energy saving tips and choosing IDT Energy as your energy supplier

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Throw Back Thursday: Electric Insulators Re purposed

Glass insulators used to be vital to the transmission of electricity along the power lines.  Modern materials make them no longer useful for their intended purpose, but some pretty inventive people have found new ways to use them. Check these out:


Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Lemontricity - Electricity by Lemons

Did you know that even a lemon can generate electricity? Lemontricity! So next time your electricity is out, look towards your fruits and vegetable - like a potato!

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Lemons are an acidic fruit. It can dissolve metals and make ions, which in turn add (or give off) electrons. Lemons act as the facilitator for copper and zinc to create electricity. Zine becomes negative as it dissolves inside the lemon to make ions while copper becomes positive. The copper then collects the positive, hydrogen ions. These are all key factors in how electricity is generated.

Here are the steps to make your own Lemon Power:


  • Copper wire (18 gauge) 
  • Wire clippers
  • 2-inch strip of zinc/lemon (or metal paper clip straightened)
  • Course sand paper
  • Lemon(s)
  • LED light bulb
  1. Use a 2 inch strip of copper wire and strip the insulation off
  2. Smooth any rough spots on the ends of both pieces of wire with the sand paper
  3. Roll the lemon on a table as to loosen the insides without breaking the skin of the lemon
  4. Push the copper and zinc into the lemon as close as you can without them touching
  5. Repeat steps 1-4 for each lemon
  6. Connect the lemons together positive to negative (zinc to copper) with the copper wire.
  7. Connect the LED light bulb to the two electrodes with copper wire.
  8. Connect the wire that sticks out of the light bulb on the flat side to the zinc from the lemons.
  9. Connect the wire that sticks out of the light bulb on the round side to the copper from the lemons.
The more lemons you connect the stronger current the lemons will produce. But note: Lemons are not the next alternative energy. You won't save money on your electric bill by using lemons - they don't produce much!

    Thursday, August 01, 2013

    IDT Energy l Free Dryer Protection

    IDT Energy is continuously looking for ways to provide more value to their customers. One of these ways is to provide a 6 month home warranty on a dryer of IDT Energy customers? Not yet a customer? Sign-up at . Then head over to the IDT Energy Facebook page, click on the Free Dryer Warranty tab and sign up for YOUR free dryer warranty.

    Not only will you receive a free dryer warranty, but IDT Energy offers some sweet rebates and savings on your electricity supply.  Check out more about what we can offer you here.

    If you like the idea of the dryer warranty, but would like to protect more of your appliances and home, IDT Energy customers receive 10% off all other plans through our home warranty provider: Complete Appliance Protection.

    *Currently only avalible in New Jersey, Pennslyvania, Maryland, and Illinois

    Monday, July 29, 2013

    IDT Energy Hits the Radio

    If you are in the Philadelphia area you may hear one of the newest IDT Energy radio commercials.

    More than a million of your neighbors in the Northeast have already enrolled with IDT Energy, one of the largest energy suppliers in the US. 

    IDT Energy shops the wholesale energy market in an effort to help reduce annual energy expenses.

    They offer competitive rates with no contracts, no deposits and no cancellation fees.

    IDT Energy is on track to put $5 million dollars back in customer’s hands  in the form of special rebates by the end of this year.

    Put an IDT Energy expert to work for you!

    New customers will be eligible to receive a rebate for their first month of IDT Energy electric supply up to $50 dollars, paid during their fourth monthly billing cycle.

    As a bonus, the first 100 people to take advantage of this offer today receive a free 8-pack of energy efficient CFL light bulbs by mail within 30 days of account activation. 

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    Friday, July 26, 2013

    Beat the Heat Contest

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    July was HOT. Some of the hottest temperatures areas like New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland have seen. If you had an air conditioner - it was more than likely running, and working had at keeping you comfortable.

    Unfortunately with increased demand your July bill will most likely be higher than the other months. IDT Energy wants to help.  That's why we are running a contest on the IDT Energy Facebook page to help you Beat the Heat.

    Enter to win one of 2 $50 gift cards. Use the money to buy new floaties for the pool, buy another fan, or help pay your electric bill.  All you have to do is head on over to the IDT Energy Facebook page, like us, click on the "Beat the Heat" contest tab and enter your email address. Want more chances to win? Share with your friends and every friend that enters after you will earn you an extra entrance and chance to win $$$.

    Who doesn't like to win money!?

    Contest runs through Monday, June 29th 12:30PM.

    Tuesday, July 23, 2013

    Retail Energy Supply Association Welcomes New Member IDT Energy

    Company Joins RESA’s Efforts to Promote Retail Markets That Benefit Consumers
    The Retail Energy Supply Association (RESA), the nation’s leading organization representing competitive energy suppliers dedicated to creating and sustaining vibrantly competitive electricity and natural gas markets for the benefit of consumers, welcomes IDT Energy as a member.

    “RESA member companies are dedicated to providing value to natural gas and electric customers in competitive markets across the United States. We are pleased to welcome IDT Energy to our group of innovative and forward-thinking energy suppliers,” said RESA President Melissa Lauderdale.

    “IDT Energy is pleased to join RESA and its efforts to bring the benefits of competition to consumers who are still held captive by their local utility monopoly,” said IDT Energy’s CEO, Geoff Rochwarger. “In America, consumers should have the freedom to choose their energy supplier. Competitive markets bring more choice, lower rates, and innovation that puts the customer first.”

    Founded in 2004, IDT Energy began supplying electric and natural gas to residential and small business customers in New York State. Today, IDT Energy is one of the largest independent retail energy suppliers in the United States, also offering traditional and green supply options to customers in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Illinois. IDT Energy is a subsidiary of Genie Energy Ltd. (NYSE: GNE).  For more information, visit
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    About RESA
    RESA represents competitive energy suppliers dedicated to creating and sustaining vibrantly competitive electricity and natural gas markets for the benefit of consumers.  RESA’s members include:  AEP Energy, Inc.; Champion Energy Services, LLC; ConEdison Solutions; Constellation NewEnergy, Inc.; Direct Energy Services, LLC; GDF SUEZ Energy Resources NA, Inc.; Hess Corporation; Homefield Energy; IDT Energy, Inc.; Integrys Energy Services, Inc.; Just Energy; Liberty Power; MC Squared Energy Services, LLC; Mint Energy, LLC; NextEra Energy Services; Noble Americas Energy Solutions LLC; NRG, Inc.; PPL EnergyPlus, LLC; Stream Energy; TransCanada Power Marketing Ltd. and TriEagle Energy, L.P.  For more information about RESA please contact Tracy McCormick, Executive Director, at (717) 566-5405, or visit

    Wednesday, July 17, 2013

    Energy from Beer?

    We've covered some creative ways to generate energy - potatoes, foot stepsalgae and even garbage.  But how about from beer?

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    One for me, one for the light bulb.  No don't cry, we aren't really suggesting you give up a nice cold brew just to power your light bulb!  But the waste product from beer is powering some beer factories.  Beer making beer.

    A number of beer factories across the globe are utilizing the grain waste by-product to generate enough power to operate their factory from. While there are many variations on the actual process, by burning the excess grain, the boiler is able to create steam which in turn creates electricity.  They are using this technology in Alaska, Germany and even the Magic Hat factory in Vermont!

    IDT Energy renewable energy is not from beer we do source credits from other renewable energy. If you are interested in green energy supply,  IDT Energy can help!

    Tuesday, July 16, 2013

    IDT Energy Reviews Energy Pictures

    Have you check out IDT Energy's Pinterest? We are energy geeks and love to look at pictures of energy in nature. Check out some of our favorites.

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    Which picture is your favorite?

    Follow IDT Energy on Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter for more awesome energy related topics!

    Friday, July 12, 2013

    Are you an Energy Hog?

    Are you an energy hog? Take the IDT Energy test to find out!

    1.  How much insulation do you have in your attic?
         a.  6 inches or less
         b.  7-11 inches
         c.  12 inches or more

    2.  How often did you change the filters on your furnace last year?
         a.  Not at all
         b.  1-3 times
         b.  4+ times

    3.  How many layers of glass do your windows have?
         a.  Single pane with no storm windows
         b.  Single pane with store windows or double pane
         c.  Double pane with reflective coating or gas-filled

    4.  At what temperature do you set your thermostat in the winter when you are home and awake?
         a.  73 degrees or more
         b.  70-72 degrees or more
         c.  69 degrees or less

    5.  At what temperature do you set your thermostat in the summer when you are home and awake?
         a.  74 degrees or less
         b.  75-77 degrees
         c.  78 degrees or more

    6.  How often do you turn your lights off when you leave the room?
         a.  Almost never
         b.  Sometimes
         c.  Always

    7.  Do you keep the lids on pots and pans when cooking?
         a.  Almost never
         b.  Sometimes
         c.  Always

    8.  How many Energy Star appliances do you have?
         a.  None
         b.  1-2
         c.  3 or more

    9.  At what temperature do you wash your clothes?
         a.  Mostly hot water
         b.  Mostly warm water
         c.  Mostly cold water

    10.  How much time do you spend in the shower?
         a.  15 minutes or more
         b.  10 minutes
         c.  5 minutes

    Now give your self:

    • 2 points for each A
    • 4 points for each B
    • 6 points for each C
    Add up all of your points and see how you scored:

    45 - 60 points - Awesome! You are officially NOT an energy hog! Keep on keeping on and enjoy your low energy bills.
    31 - 44 points - You are making the right moves but there are more steps to kicking the energy hog habit.  Look back on those As and Bs and see where you can improve.
    20 - 31 points - Oink! Oink! You are an energy hog! But don't worry there are many easy steps to take to reduce your energy consumption and SAVE on your energy bills.  Go through our quiz and pick out a few simple things you can change.  Plus check out the IDT Energy energy saving tips on our web site.

    If you are simply looking for ways to cut your utility bills, IDT Energy is here to help!

    The above quiz was adapted from the scavenger hunt on check it out for more helpful tips.

    Tuesday, July 09, 2013

    Electric Supply - From Generator to Light Bulb

    In the past we have discussed generating energy from wind, sun, water and even garbage , green slime and potatoes. But how does that energy travel into your house and light up a room?
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    IDT Energy supply is delivered through utility power lines
    It's something that could come up in a rowdy game of "Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader" but perhaps not something you have pondered on a daily basis as you flip the light switch and turn on the TV remote.  Energy is harnessed from things like moving water and burning fossil fuels; which turn turbines and unbalance the charges in an atom (simple, right?). But then it must travel, sometimes hundreds of miles in order to be ready for you to utilize that electricity.

    Electricity is made when electrons move between atoms. Transmitting wires are made of conductive materials like copper and insulators (like glass or rubber).  Conductive materials allow the transfer of electrons, while insulating material does not allow the electrons to move around.

    Electric current is created when electrons move through the conductor.  Electrons need a circuit to move though and cannot move freely through the air. So electricity can flow from the power plant, through the wire, and into your home.  That light switch that magically provides light - a simple switch on the circuit that blocks the electric current from flowing to the light bulb.

    Of course this is a simplified version. There are lots of little steps in between - like deciding where your electric supply comes from and making sure a current is always available for you to flip the switch.  Having a company like IDT Energy, doesn't determine the reliability of your supply - but it sure does help the pocketbook when it comes time to pay the bill!

    Friday, June 28, 2013

    IDT Energy Home Warranty Program

    IDT Energy  has teamed with Complete Appliance Protection, one the top-rated home appliance warranty providers in the US, to offer an exclusive benefit to IDT Energy customers enrolling in an IDT Energy electric  and/or natural gas supply program in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland. For a limited time, IDT Energy will pay the premium to protect your clothes dryer for 6-months. The plan will warranty all parts within the sheet-metal skin of your clothes dryer, without any deductibles or exclusions for pre-existing conditions. The plan will also include coverage of related labor costs. PLUS, when you choose IDT Energy to supply your energy  you get the added convenience of no contracts, no up-front fees or deposits and no termination fees and your energy meters are automatically registered for an annual rebate. Get up to $150 or more back on the supply portion of your energy bill for as long as you remain a customer. Geoff Rochwarger, IDT Energy CEO commented that “in the wake of the barrage of east coast storms earlier this year, we wanted to offer our customers added-value services to help them protect their homes and belongings. It was important for us to offer an array of coverage options and special discounts for IDT Energy customers.” For more information, or to enroll your home’s meters in this special program, please call us at 866-383-5990.

    Thursday, June 20, 2013

    Creative Ways to Save l Prancercise

    Sometimes we need to be creative in the ways we save energy. And sometimes we just need to have a little fun when talking about saving energy.

    IDT Energy, prancercise, get off the treadmill

    You already upgraded to energy efficient light bulbs. You turn off the lights when you leave the room. But now it's time to stop exercising on a treadmill and get outside. Don't like just running up and down the street? Need to change up your exercise a little bit? Have you heard about the newest exercise craze? Or perhaps you have seen a neighbor looking a little silly as they danced/trotted/frolicked around the neighborhood and wondered what they were doing?

    Check out these YouTube videos:

    Prancercise tutorial

    Prancercise to John Mayer

    There are many more effective ways to save on energy this summer that we talked about before. But we here at IDT Energy are energy geeks. In a past blog post we also talked about how energy changes from one form to another. Maybe instead of supplying energy one step at a time we can use these devices to turn prancercising into usable energy.

    What do you think about prancercising? Are you going to try it?

    Thursday, June 13, 2013

    IDT Energy Now Offers Renewable (Green) in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Maryland

    IDT Energy, green, electric supply

    With energy deregulation comes choice and responsibility for our environment. In addition to who supplies your home’s electric, you can choose the type of supply you buy as well.  Renewable Energy is the way to go if you are concerned about your environment. IDT Energy is now able to serve its customers electricity generated from “renewable” sources. “Renewable”, also often referred to as Green energy is generated from sources such as running water, wind, solar or biomass. IDT Energy customers in Pennsylvania can rest assured that when they choose a renewable energy supply option, 100% of their electricity usage is matched with renewable energy certificates or renewable energy attributes. For just a few cents more per kilowatt hour than standard electricity, you can gain security in knowing that your dollars are helping the environment, our economy and national security. When you choose an IDT Energy renewable electric service you will be contributing to cleaner, healthier air, reduced dependency on foreign oil and nuclear power, and growth of more domestic job opportunities. Visit or call us at 888-474-2339 for more information and a special service offer. IDT Energy CEO, Geoff Rochwarger commented, “IDT Energy has more to offer than a suite of rebate programs and competitive rates on electric and natural gas supply. We live and work in the markets we serve. Conservation and protection of the environment is important to all of us. Now, IDTEnergy customers can choose not only who supplies energy to their homes, but the type of energy supplied as well

    Thursday, June 06, 2013

    Compressed Natural Gas to the Rescue

    Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) is a growing “green” solution to replace petroleum fuels.

    What is Compressed Natural Gas? CNG is a substitute for fossil fuels like gasoline and diesel. It is comprised of natural gas (just like it comes into your house) compressed to less than 1% of the volume it would occupy at standard atmospheric pressure. 

    Why CNG? This will lessen our dependence on foreign oil, as natural gas is produced abundantly within the United States. In addition, CNG is considered more environmentally friendly. It emits up to 90% fewer emissions than gasoline (according to  More importantly CNG has a positive impact on the bottom line. With diesel averaging $4.10 per gallon across the nation and CNG averaging $2.60 per gallon equivalent it’s easy to see the impact it could have on a business’s P&L.

    Gone Global. Did you know that CNG already powers about 12 million vehicles? But only 250,000 of them are in the United States? IDT Energy’s new brand Evergreen Fleet Services is working to make a difference by converting more fleets to this money saving, environmentally friendly solution.

    Tuesday, June 04, 2013

    IDT Energy Supplies Energy to Illinois

    IDT Energy, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland

    IDT Energy  expands its serviceable area to include customers living in Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) territory in Illinois. IDT Energy offers variable, market-based rates on their electric supply programs and gives customers the power to choose Green electric options, with no contracts, no up-front fees or deposits and no early termination or cancellation fees. Customers living in Com Ed serviced areas may try IDTEnergy services risk free and if not completely satisfied, may cancel service at any time. Commonwealth Edison customers in Illinois can visit or call us at 888-474-2339 for more information and a special service offer.